For once, Aaron Rodgers is throwing the ball to rookie receivers. Part of that is because he has had to with injuries to Randall Cobb and Geronimo Allison. However, it appears Rodgers is developing some trust with the trio of receivers the Green Bay Packers drafted this year.
One in particular, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, has caught Rodgers’ eye.
“They deserve it, they’ve earned it,” Rodgers said when asked about his trust in the rookie receivers. “‘Quez (Valdes-Scantling) has really made some big plays for us, especially the last couple weeks.”
Valdes-Scantling has 12 receptions for 212 yards on the season. Ten of those catches and 171 yards have come the past two weeks.
Rodgers singled out two plays against the 49ers that Valdes-Scantling made that he loved.
“The play that I’m most proud of with him is when I stepped up out to the right and he kind of wheeled down the sideline, I throw a ball a little too far inside and he kind of fought for it and made a contested catch,” Rodgers said. “That was very important for us. Obviously, I threw him a little bubble that he burst up field (and turned) a normal two or three-yard gain into a 10-yard gain, so I’m proud of him for that.”
It will be interesting to see how the playing time breaks down after the bye week. The Packers should have both Cobb and Allison back on the field. That’s going to limit the snaps for the rookies.
Even so, it appears Valdes-Scantling is going to be a guy you’ll still see plenty of. Even when Cobb and Allison were healthy, Valdes-Scantling was getting playing time.
You would think he has carved out an even larger role for himself now.
Good. Now tell Cobb to hit the road. Maybe that’s why Gute got rid of Jordy instead. He knew Rodgers was going to rely on him over the rookie receivers. With Cobb, you know he’s going to be hurt or unproductive so the rookies are bound to get a chance.
That was what I sort of eluded to on a previous post. Jordy’s days are numbered in the NFL. I saw it last season. Sure, he can still play. But it is far more important for Rodgers to get comfortable with other younger receivers. The packers needed to get younger at receiver. It was going to be difficult for a guy like Rodgers to get comfortable with other guys if he is constantly looking to Nelson.
Yea….the last thing you want is Rodgers and Jordy playing together setting TD passing records all the time.
How many TD’s in the last 22 games they played together, did Rodgers and Nelson score together? I believe it was 21 TD’s. Yea, who needs that amirite? Far more important go young NOW.
But yea, it was going to be difficult for a guy like Rodgers to get comfortable with other guys if he is constantly throwing TD passes to Nelson.
I can’t argue with that Sparky.
Good thoughts. Now add Kumerow and watch the offense explode!
Yeah the preseason MVP!!!
Might as well give him the regular season MVP title now!!!
True that. Dont sleep on Kumerow. That guy is a baller and comes from the best bloodlines a football player can come from. Bosa blood is like Jesus blood. But as far as im concerned the WRs should now be Davante, Kumerow and MVS. Could be the greatest WR group of all time down the road.
I would say Kumerow has earned some snaps. A try, not a default starter spot, just the opportunity to show he belongs. Whether he ends up performing well, that remains to be seen. But I’m all for him getting some true opportunities to compete for the WR2-4 roles. If he performs, well, keep him in the rotation. If he does not, well, back to the bench or PS and polish him till he is ready to compete against true NFL defenses.
MVS looks the part of a professional NFL receiver.
Look at the late round Packer draft picks at receiver in the last few years: DeAngelo Yancey, Trevor Davis, Jared Abbrederis, Jeff Janis, Charles Johnson, Brett Swain, David Clowney, Cory Rodgers, Craig Bragg. None of these guys came close to what MVS has done in only a few games.
Huge pick by Gute.
MVS and St. Brown could be major hits by Gute. Maybe Moore as well, with a little work.
“If he performs,…..
“Could be the greatest WR group….
“….. could be major hits by Gute
Our Green Bay Packers…The world of “ifs” and “could be”.
Sadly, that’s what we have. A long list of ifs, coulds and mays. And pad level.
Yea, no doubt. That’s why i’m just biding my time until the circus finally packs up and leaves town.
Well Jordy Nelson never had a 100 yard receiving game his rookie year. Now I know what you are going to say: MVS has gotten more opportunity by virtue of two starters being out.
But MVS had a 100 yards on only 6 targets in the last game. Nelson was targeted 6 times a couple times during his rookie year, never even had a 50 yard game.
Well, when you’re right your right.
Now, when Scantling catches 72 TD passes in this league, we’ll have something to talk about, he only has 71 more to go.